General District Court

Notice Regarding Face Coverings, Remote Hearings and COVID-19 Screenings

All persons who are not fully vaccinated pursuant to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, should wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times. Any person who desires to wear a face covering may do so. No person will be asked about their vaccination status.  

All seats within the General District Court Courtrooms will be used for seating. Any person who does not want to sit inside the courtroom may inform the courtroom deputy and that person will be permitted to wait in the hallway for their case to be called.

The presiding judge will determine the way cases will be presented in the courtroom in which the judge is presiding.

The Sheriff’s Office will verbally screen all individuals entering the courthouse for COVID-19 illness symptoms.

If anyone is turned away due to screening results who is also a participant in a hearing, the Sheriff’s Office will immediately advise the presiding judge. Such persons may still participate in a scheduled hearing by remote technologies from outside the courthouse at the discretion of the presiding judge.

Members of the public, including attorneys, may not approach the courtroom clerk at any time during courtroom proceedings. This included any time the presiding judge takes a recess.    

The Court can conduct remote hearings as appropriate. Please visit the Remote Appearances webpage for complete information and view the Motion for Remote Hearing Form (PDF).

Please noteA presiding judge may adjust any of these provisions as deemed necessary.

Courts’ Response to COVID-19

Visit the Courts' Response to COVID-19 webpage. View the Declaration of Judicial Emergency ordered by the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Current Information Regarding Court Operations and Public Services

Public Advisory - Telephone Scam Alert

Please view the public advisory regarding the Telephone Scam Alert (PDF).

Audio-Visual Upgrades in Chesterfield Courts

With the assistance of many departments and agencies, Chesterfield Courts are making progress on a project to upgrade audio-visual technology in all 17 courtrooms.

About General District Court

The General District Court presides over:

  • Civil cases
    • involving amounts up to $25,000
    • recovery of personal property
  • Small claims
    • Up to $5,000
    • personal property valued up to $5,000
  • Criminal Cases
    • Felony preliminary hearings
    • Misdemeanor trials
  • Traffic Court

Cases for all three divisions can be accessed by docket number or name on the Virginia Judicial System Website.

Access Cases Online

  1. Log into the Virginia Judicial System website.
  2. Select General District Court under Case Status and Information.
  3. Select “Chesterfield GDC”
  4. Access by Name, Case Number, or Date

Disclaimer

This website contains general information and is not intended as legal advice. Federal, state and local laws and/or rules, regulations and policies of the Supreme Court of Virginia and/or the Chesterfield General District Courts take precedence in the event this website's information is, in any way, inconsistent. Information will be updated as soon as possible after changes in laws, rules, regulations and policies.